Classroom of the Elite

Title: Classroom of the Elite
Original Title: ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ
Episodes: 12
Year: 2017
Studio: Lerche
Directed by: Seiji Kishi

On the surface, Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a utopia. The students enjoy an unparalleled amount of freedom, and it is ranked highly in Japan. However, the reality is less than ideal. Four classes, A through D, are ranked in order of merit, and only the top classes receive favorable treatment.
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of Class D, where the school dumps its worst. There he meets the unsociable Suzune Horikita, who believes she was placed in Class D by mistake and desires to climb all the way to Class A, and the seemingly amicable class idol Kikyou Kushida, whose aim is to make as many friends as possible.
While class membership is permanent, class rankings are not; students in lower ranked classes can rise in rankings if they score better than those in the top ones. Additionally, in Class D, there are no bars on what methods can be used to get ahead. In this cutthroat school, can they prevail against the odds and reach the top?
(from MyAnimeList)

Right from the beginning the points and the different classifications of the class made me understand that something was up and totally got me into it.
It starts out as a normal school anime but slowly more “mysteries” and questions get added to the list: how does this school really work? And who really is the protagonist?

The school works on a system that instigates personal improvement and rivalry between the various classes, opening up to thrilling scenarios.

Every episode has a turning point that will change our point of view on something, making every of them quite thrilling.

The episodes in the middle of the anime seem to be focused more on fanservice and they left me a bit disappointed. There is also some advancement of the story in them but felt quite plain.
Right after these ones the plot deviates from the classic school anime with a totally unexpected saga.

The last saga it’s not bad but I would have preferred to have it to be more akin to the classic school anime. I say this because it turns into something completely absurd and unconventional; I would have loved to have all the anime focused on a classic school life but still this part is really interesting with some amazing phycological parts.

I also believe that the best part of this anime might come right after the ending of it and so I will surely also watch the second season!

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